NASA Image of the Day (Large)
miércoles, 18 de julio de 2012
Agency (JAXA) "Kounotori 3" H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-3,
At the Spacecraft and Fairing Assembly Building (SFA2) in the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC), JAXA's H-II Transfer Vehicle, KOUNOTORI3 (HTV3)'s integrated system checkout is being conducted smoothly after its assembly process completion. The target launch date for KOUNOTORI3 is July 21, 2012. NASA TV Coverage Set For Launch, Capture Of Japanese Cargo Ship HOUSTON -- NASA Television coverage of the launch and arrival of an unpiloted cargo spacecraft to supply the International Space Station will begin at 8:15 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 20. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) "Kounotori 3" H-II Transfer Vehicle, or HTV-3, is set to launch at 9:06 p.m. July 20 (11:06 a.m. Japan time on July 21) from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The 16.5-ton HTV-3 is carrying almost 4 tons of supplies and experiment hardware. It will launch atop an H-IIB rocket. The launch will begin a weeklong journey to the station. NASA TV coverage of Kounotori 3's approach to the station will begin at 6 a.m. Friday, July 27. The cargo spacecraft will be commanded to fly within about 40 feet while Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba of NASA and Aki Hoshide of JAXA use Canadarm2, the station's Canadian Space Agency-provided robotic arm, to grapple the vehicle and berth it to a docking port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node. Grapple and berthing are scheduled for around 7 a.m.